Tjamuku Ngura ~ Grandfather's Place by Lucinda James

Tjamuku Ngura ~ Grandfather’s Place

Paintings depict the Tjukurpa, the Law and stories of Ancestors. Anangu (Central and Western Desert Aboriginal people) have responsibilities for the protection and teaching of different Tjukurpa and there are strict protocols for the imparting of knowledge. The dotting technique has evolved with the need to adapt sacred expressions of Tjukurpa for public viewing and as a depiction of the desert landscape.

This painting is Lucinda’s grandfather’s place, Wala. It is a small permanent spring on the side of a hill to the south of Uluru. Her grandfather was Walter Pukutiwara, one of the founders of Maruku and an important spokesperson for his Law and culture.

The Tjukurpa or story for Wala is not told but it forms a link in the chain of sites that hold intricate layers of vital knowledge for desert survival. These teachings continue to pass on Tjukurpa information and nowadays paintings such as this are an important part of living both modern and ancient cultures.